Thing first, niche second

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Now I know a niche is as important as the next marketing/sales/business guru but there is an order to these things that may well be the difference between driving yourself mad and your sanity (and success).

For me the ‘right’ order is Thing first and Niche second.

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You don’t need ALL the answers RIGHT NOW

When you’re an ambitious growing business it’s natural to want everything to happen RIGHT NOW, but sometimes it’s better to have only the answers you need NEXT to make sure you’re not missing a step.

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The Joy of Small

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Being small is a very good thing when it comes to doing your Thing.

If your business is just you then you’ve only got yourself to consult when it comes to decisions. There’s a lot to be said for that (if you can make a decision, of course!).

Some of my client’s have ‘Things’ that help bigger organisations communicate better, and be more effective in their meetings which tells you what it’s like when you get big. It’s easy to be effective when it’s just you. So don’t do yourself a disservice and discuss things over and over in your head—just decide and do.

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How to swim 100 lengths

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I don’t mind sharing that when I get in the pool 100 seems an awful lot. A ridiculous amount in fact.

Even though I know I can do 100 lengths (I’ve done it before) my chatter will start.

“100’s a lot”, “you don’t need to do 100 today”, “today looks like a 50 day, maybe 60”, “the pool is busy, you’ll never be able to keep going”, “etc…”

We all have chatter. It’s just a question of whether or not we listen to it.

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Put your blinkers on

Blinkers give a single focus—they don’t pretend nothing else is happening, they just allow you to block it out to make it easy to look ahead only at where you’re going.

I need Blinkers sometimes (OK—all the time) as I am one of those creative types who has a million ideas a minute and would try and do all of them given half the chance. But you know what they say about Jack of all trades and that’s the same as being pulled in every direction you can think of, as you never actually get anywhere…

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Not all customers are created equal…

Now, while I do believe it’s true that all men (and women) were created equal, in business it’s very important to remember that not all customers are created equal. What I am talking about here is customer segmentation, and identifying the ‘best’ customers for your business…

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